02 October, 2006

Breast Cancer Month

For the next three or four weeks we will be inundated with pink. Pink ribbons, pink packaging. Breast Cancer has a very good P.R. manager. There are other diseases. In fact, most women are surprised to learn that their risk of death from heart attack or stroke is greater than the risk of death from breast cancer.

One of my previous jobs involved developing products that would tie in with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month push for October of 2005. I was working on that project for one reason--a department store buyer told us that "people are suckers for that pink ribbon stuff." The contortions I had to go through with the various breast cancer foundations were an event I hope to never have to repeat. Did we have the right colour of pink? Could we guarantee X amount of dollars? And of course they would have to approve any product that we made, for both quality and design. The feel-good world of buying a beribboned item was miles away from the product development process. Miles.

I've never looked at October the same way again.

My humble suggestion? Instead of buying an armload of pink ribbon items, simply send a check to either the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Even a $5.00 check will more than likely be a greater amount than either foundation would see from the percentage of retail profit they receive on pink ribbon merchandise. While you're at it, I would also suggest sending a matching donation to the American Heart Association, earmarking the money for research into women's heart disease.

I would also second the recommendations offered by Mrs. Daily Snark.
If I could ask you to do one thing this month it would be to become an organ donor... educate yourself about diseases, cancer, and get screened for any cancer!

Photo Credit: Botticelli, Sandro. The Birth of Venus Detail c. 1485


At 9:34 AM, October 02, 2006, Blogger Rachel said...

Exactly. Those yogurt lids? That provides 10 cents a lid. Just stop buying yogurt for a week or so, and send the money you would have spent.

At 9:05 PM, October 03, 2006, Blogger Malia said...

Have you seen the pink Campbell's soup labels?

At 12:22 AM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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A clinical trial of a new targeted breast cancer drug, led by
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At 2:54 AM, April 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breast Cancer research
Common Breast Cancer Myths

The first myth pertaining to this disease is that it only affects women.

Second myth that is associated with this disease is that if one has found a lump during an examination, it is cancer.

Third is that it is solely hereditary

The next myth associated with breast cancer is downright ridiculous. Would you believe, that in this day and age, some individuals still think that breast cancer is contagious?

Conversely, some individuals foolishly believe that breast size determines whether or not one gets cancer.

Finally, another myth that is associated with this disease is that it only affects older people. This is not so. Although the chance of getting breast cancer increases with age, women as young as 18 have been diagnosed with the disease.

You can find a number of helpful informative articles on Breast Cancer research at breast-cancer1.com

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At 12:23 AM, July 14, 2013, Blogger TALAT MAHMUD said...

Pink is the source of raising the dare of fighting against breast cancer. October is the month of creating awareness of
breast cancer and to end the chapter of being frustrated catching the breast cancer. Really this is a nice writing from you.

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At 6:06 AM, October 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When car dealers are on the awareness band wagon to the extent they are, I am suspect. At least they could rotate their charities from year to year- how about CF for starters?


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